As the number of young people entering the global forestry profession in rural areas dwindles, we’re supporting environmental and forestry groups in rural schools in Russia to promote the profession and help develop the skills our business requires.
Mondi has been working with NGO ‘Union of Foresters’ to revive the youth movement and re-establish a permanent network of Young Forestry Schools all over the Komi region. In 2013, we launched a network of eight rural clubs. Today there are 38 active clubs involving nearly 700 young people.
Children develop an interest in and a passion for forests through a range of educational activities. As the project develops, we will train children to be able to identify and monitor environmental value in our forest areas and to increase their awareness of the importance of sustainable forest management.
Our vision for the future is to scale the project up in the region and attract more partners to join it.